The Seventh Seal

The Seventh Seal

Directed by Ingmar Bergman • 1957 • Sweden

Disillusioned and exhausted after a decade of battling in the Crusades, a knight (Max von Sydow) encounters Death on a desolate beach and challenges him to a fateful game of chess. Much studied, imitated, even parodied, but never outdone, Bergman's stunning allegory of man's search for meaning, The Seventh Seal (Det sjunde inseglet), was one of the benchmark foreign imports of America's 1950s art-house heyday, pushing cinema's boundaries and ushering in a new era of moviegoing.

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The Seventh Seal
  • The Seventh Seal

    Directed by Ingmar Bergman • 1957 • Sweden

    Disillusioned and exhausted after a decade of battling in the Crusades, a knight (Max von Sydow) encounters Death on a desolate beach and challenges him to a fateful game of chess. Much studied, imitated, even parodied, but never outdone, Bergman's st...

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  • Ingmar Bergman

    This introduction to THE SEVENTH SEAL was created in 2003 as part of a series of introductions that Marie Nyreröd recorded with Ingmar Bergman to many of his films. Shot in Bergman’s screening room on Fårö Island, these pieces were designed to precede the films when shown on Swedish television.

  • THE SEVENTH SEAL Commentary

    This commentary by film scholar Peter Cowie was recorded in 1987.

  • Bergman Island

  • Peter Cowie Afterword to THE SEVENTH SEAL

    This afterword, made in 2008, features film scholar Peter Cowie discussing THE SEVENTH SEAL in a follow-up to his 1987 Criterion commentary track.

  • Woody Allen on Ingmar Bergman

    It’s no secret that the work of Ingmar Bergman has had a profound influence on Woody Allen’s career. In this short 1998 piece for Turner Classic Movies, Allen talks about his passion for the director.

  • Bergman 101

    In this 2009 video piece, film scholar Peter Cowie walks us through Ingmar Bergman’s career by way of film stills, behind-the-scenes photos, and clips from many of the director’s films and television productions.